Meet-up in Monrovia
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I managed to arrive in Monrovia around 6:15, an hour-and-a-half drive from Torrance in traffic thick as the ash and smoke-filled skies from nearby fires. It was easy to find the Mediterranean Grill. As I took a photo of the place from the front sidewalk, an SUV pulled up and out stepped Joy, Rob, Alice, and Liz.
I had met Joy and Alice at a meet-up in Santa Monica in March, and Liz in Tucson last week. It was a thrill to see them again. I recognized Rob right away from the portrait picture that he shares with Joy. A large table was reserved against a back wall which was open and airy. Soon after, Tracy, Belinda, Prissy, and Angelica arrived to add more cheery smiles to the gathering. Maureen came in solo, a little nervous about her first meet-up, but quickly blended with the friendly group of TB'ers.
The LA meet-up in Monrovia provided a feast of Greek/Middle Eastern food, hookahs, a two-man band playing a fine selection of upbeat tunes, and a sweet belly dancer swaying from table to table. The hosts, Joy and Rob, made for a great Meet-up, my third. Meet-ups are awesome - seeing friends from previous ones and meeting other longtime 'friends' in person. David was one, from San Diego, and we had a pleasant visit. Mark, Elmo, and Eric arrived a bit later, dancing their way to the table with the belly dancer to cheers from the other TB'ers. I didn't get to talk to everyone as I would have liked, but hopefully we will sometime meet again. It was a great bunch.
Joy called everyone outside one by one to sign the award for Liz who had traveled furthest to the event - all the way from Norway; a pink pair of short pants with 'Hollywood' arcing across the rear-end in white letters.